Alan was a Winger for Queens Park, Everton, Crystal Palace, Dundee and Blackburn. Whilst playing at Queens Park he qualified as an Insurance Broker. His boyhood Club was Leeds United. He has had many roles as Manger and Assistant Manger, including spells at Everton and Blackburn as Assistant and Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday and West Brom as Manager. In late 2017, he was appointed as Assistant Manger of West Ham United, as part of David Moyes’ Backroom Staff.